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Continental Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
285 Reviews
3.7
285 Reviews
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Elmar Degenhart
61 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (but it sometimes depends on the position and current workload) (in 18 reviews)

  • Compensation, work environment, freedom, flexibility, and opportunity for advancement (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-Life balance is good only in certain (very few) departments (in 6 reviews)

  • can be close to the car automotive industry (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company seemed to really take care of their employees in everyway. It was great working for the North American HQ because of the flat management structure and great employee benefits.

    Cons

    The department I was working for was still developing, and it showed. Training was not fully thought out and the department did not function as well as it could have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental

    Pros

    Had well trained hard working loyal willing employees. The plant was clean and well lighted. The air conditioning worked well

    Cons

    too little time for job growth

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very stable company

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Seguin, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seguin, TX

    I worked at Continental full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diversified
    Top salaries and bonuses
    Global
    Good opportunities

    Cons

    Too many work procedures
    Uses Lotus Notes for emailing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people oriented

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Resident Engineer  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is a variety of projects to work for and the salary and benefit packages are very good

    Cons

    There's opportunity for growth but as always, you have to look for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the company objectives and you may even get help with new project quoting and insider insight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Warm, friendly people

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Intern in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Continental as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone who works here was very helpful and committed to helping interns settle in and learn the ropes. There is a system in place to maintain relationships with high-performing interns, with the possibility of a job offer out of school. Intern responsibilities are usually relevant to the field of work, rather than performing menial tasks, and managers are happy to explain the way aspects of the corporation works.

    Cons

    Managers are usually pretty busy with their own work, so there are occasions where intern work may not be immediately assigned.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a simple work place to get involved into but nothing much beyond that.

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    Current Employee - Line Operator  in  Seguin, TX
    Current Employee - Line Operator in Seguin, TX

    I have been working at Continental full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pros are that you its a simple job if your a line operator like I am, easy to get into and maintain. Bosses are way more lenient than what they make you believe at first. Relaxed work place.

    Cons

    The communication between the work force and management is lacking. Sometimes both have completely different expectations and often leads to very frustrating moments and interactions. Management does a poor job of keeping its workers motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I cant speak for the whole company as a whole but so far the plant in seguin has proved to be mediocre. Good enough to get the job done but so far away from the potential it has. It's sad that workers are only there because it pays the bills rather than to have a great time working for an international company. Upper management is awesome but lower and middle management is really lacking. The models for meeting production are there already. Start focusing on lower and middle management to be more of leaders and less of bosses. They are great at making things sound pretty and intelligent but lack the leadership skills to connect and set a waypoint for its workers. Besides throwing orders around they are really never there to build up their team or enhance the experience. Its almost as if they hated their jobs as much as the workers did! As for the production capabilities, a lot of line production workers don't care much for the company only doing the bare minimum. Thus reflecting on the lacking ability of its leaders to motivate them. Maybe better leaders would push away those type of workers and attract the right type? And i don't mean make them more up tight and meaner. Some already use intimidation with their rank as a method which is pretty sad. But besides from all that, the business model itself is fantastic. Congrats! Your business will keep growing, thats for sure. Just wonder how long it will be able to sustain itself with the people you got working for you.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting projects. Tough times with automotive unit and economic climate

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    Current Employee - Software Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    work, life balance
    travel
    good salaries and bonus plan
    company is trying to improve culture and employee satisfaction, work balance etc.
    automotive electronics is a growing field and while it does have some problems, will eventually grow and pick up further speed.

    Cons

    Economic environment is tough for automotive at the moment and so business is quite tough. Margins can be low in this business which can be tough for business units and employees with flow on pressure.
    Management from Germany can sometimes be difficult and the management has a very rigid way of doing things with not much discussion. Particularly, regarding software development -> company can improve in tools and processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    great company to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Deer Park, IL

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    relaxed work environment and flexible work schedules

    Cons

    some micro management and unnecessary policies

  10.  

    Decent company to work for, good benefits, slow automotive pace

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Deer Park, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Deer Park, IL

    I have been working at Continental full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large company with many locations around the world, opportunities to have a long career

    Cons

    Slow automotive pace, no stock options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be accountable when results are not as expected

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic learning experience! But burned out from managment mis-management

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    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

    I worked at Continental full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company, good resources, diverse jobs, diverse people, interesting projects.

    Cons

    General Cons: Pay below median, benefits sub-par, Germany reigns, Germany gets the interesting work. Specific Cons: Depends on your department, could be none. In mine, and some others I knew, very over-worked. These guys will not hire appropriate staff. Also, the Motorola, Huntville, Siemens merger resulted in a "Brady Bunch" style clash of personalities, cultures, and organizations that is not being managed well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to say, they have, almost, a "Mission Impossible" or, at least, indredibly difficult. They need to A. Have the strenght to say "No" (will not deliver) to Germany and to customers and B. Address inter-personnel cultural, career goal, and interactive issues, not ignor C. Deliver with quality or else, do not deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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